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  • Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

  • A Suspected Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    A brief video captures the chaos of Ebola in Liberia. A suspected patient, who allegedly fled a treatment center, is pursued by health workers and wrestled into a truck.

  • Double Mastectomies Don't Increase Cancer Survival Rates

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are increasingly choosing to have both breasts removed. A big study says that doesn't improve their survival odds any more than less drastic treatments.

  • Sounds From The First Day Of School

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Millions of children are heading back to school this fall, and to mark the traditional start of the school year we've asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds.

  • North Korea Grants Interviews With American Detainees: To What End?

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities.

  • State Dept. Officials Work To Verify Islamic State's Beheading Video

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    In a new video released by the militant group Islamic State, American journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be killed by extremists associated with the group.

  • New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.

  • For Men's Rights Groups, Feminism Has Come At The Expense Of Men

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Men's rights movement leaders say they're pushing back against the excesses of feminism and highlighting the problems of men and boys. Critics argue that misogyny is lurking just below the surface.

  • Another American Doctor In Liberia Tests Positive For Ebola

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    He's the third American to contract the disease while working in Liberia. In this case, the doctor, who was part of the Christian aid group SIM, was treating obstetrics patients.

  • Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.

  • Changes At The 'Post' Mark A Break From Paper's Storied Past

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, has announced he's replacing the paper's current publisher with Frederick Ryan, one of the founders of Politico.

  • Faced With Ukrainian Turmoil, NATO Considers New 'Rapid Reaction Force'

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

  • Detroit's Fiscal Future Rests With A Federal Judge

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Detroit's future comes down to this: a federal trial over the city's plan to emerge from largest municipal bankruptcy ever in the U.S. As Detroit Public Radio's Quinn Klinefelter reports, city officials argue the plan is the best way to propel Detroit into prosperity — but some major creditors aren't pleased with it.

  • When A Home Poses Health Risks, The Floor May Be The Culprit

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Homes with dirt floors can make people sick. Replacing them with concrete floors helps cut risks but isn't always affordable. A new project in Rwanda relies on a low-cost alternative.

  • Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded Second American Journalist

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The Islamist militant group had threatened to kill Steven Sotloff if the U.S. continued to conduct airstrikes in Iraq. Sotloff's mother released a video last week pleading for the release of her son.

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